No. 11 Nebraska Volleyball’s Monumental Ten title hopes fell on the toes of No. 5 Wisconsin as the Badgers beat the Huskers 3-1 (14-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-18) in Madison, Wisc..
Wisconsin (24-3) is now 16-3 within the Monumental Ten and claimed their third consecutive Monumental Ten Championship.
The Huskers (20-7, 14-4) started off sure and took essentially the most critical field 25-14. Nonetheless after shedding relief-to-relief two-level gadgets, they misplaced their footing against a really moral Wisconsin team.
Listed below are my three takes from the match:
Passing and serving were key in first field
Nebraska cruised previous Wisconsin in essentially the most critical field. I indicate home windows and convertible high down, hair blowing around, being attentive to their accepted songs — cruised.
It feels esteem a whereas since the Huskers like dominated the Badgers in a field.
NU did that by passing immense, having two errors and four aces.
Hames had 11 assists and Nebraska had 14 kills. The setter and her hitters were connecting properly and quite loads of that comes the total contrivance down to moral passes to Hames.
The Huskers performed their easiest field of volleyball this season and hit .462 against an famed Wisconsin defense, who accomplished with 62 digs.
Head Coach John Cook dinner previously talked about his facet-out percentage aim is around 60 percent. In essentially the most critical field, Nebraska had a 92 percent facet-out percentage.
Defensive specialist Keonilei Akana had three aces in essentially the most critical field and five total.
If the Huskers can pass immense, support no longer easy and play low-error volleyball, this team would be laborious to beat. Nonetheless, they fight with consistency, clearly.
Out of doors hitters need extra “firepower”
Same memoir, a quantity of match.
Nebraska has struggled to ranking three low-error hitters to diagram within the identical match. They’ve three avid gamers who are competing on the left and two avid gamers on the finest.
Left-facet hitter Madi Kubik is basically the most consistent of the three left-sides but can restful be high-error searching on the match. Lexi Solar and Ally Batenhorst tried their hand (pun supposed) but each and every hit zero.
Solar started and had seven kills, seven errors and hit zero. Batenhorst got right here in for Solar in field three to strive to provide a spark but handiest had one swing. Solar turned into relief in for field four.
Factual-facet hitter Whitney Lauenstein started over Lindsay Krause and “started off immense”, Cook dinner talked about on the Huskers Radio Network after the match.
“Nonetheless I fabricate no longer know if she had any kills within the remaining two and a half (gadgets),” Cook dinner talked about.
The stats confirmed that Lauenstein didn’t like a raze after getting one to serve Nebraska lumber up 13-12 within the 2nd field.
“We like got to like extra firepower,” Cook dinner talked about. “We had one player with double-digit kills.”
Wisconsin, a high-five team, had two avid gamers in Grace Loberg on the left and Jade Demps on the finest that hit over .231 on the match. Freshman Julia Orzol had an off-night with three kills and hit -.158 but is generally grand extra consistent.
The Huskers are aiming to be the assign Wisconsin is with their huge assortment of continuously, low-error hitters.
Onto No. 6 Purdue
Nebraska misplaced the Monumental Ten title after main or tying for first within the conference all season. Now, they’ve to circulation on to the following topic.
The Huskers like a handy e-book a rough turnaround and play No. 6 Purdue in Indiana at 8 p.m. on Saturday night on BTN.
Cook dinner talked about the Wisconsin match turned into an ethical abilities for the Huskers.
“We went for it tonight and that’s what’s critical,” he talked about.
With the title out of attain, the Huskers are competing against Purdue with hopes of almost definitely helping their RPI ranking for his or her NCAA match seed.
Nonetheless largely, Nebraska hasn’t performed relief-to-relief suits in consecutive days since September.
“I’m no longer sure that match will affect the assign we fabricate for the NCAA match, but we like learned how you can compete relief to relief,” Cook dinner talked about. “We’re gonna like to diagram it subsequent week within the NCAA Tournament.”
Rising momentum going into the match by knocking off the No. 6 ranked team would maybe well also handiest serve.
The Huskers must study from the Wisconsin match and circulation on mercurial.